A Look Back in Time at the NorthShore Condos in Chautauqua Institution

The NorthShore Condos 20_Elm_Lane_-_Nothshore_-_17_of_25_(1024x680)_(800x531)_jpgwere built by the award-winning architectural firm of Lawson, Knapp and Pulver of Rochester, NY in May of 1983.  These unique vacation homes on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution have been a hit ever since.  They consist of six split level buildings with thirty individual condos.  Each individual condo is approximately 1,500 square feet and has two bedrooms, a sleeping loft, two and a half baths, a kitchen, a dining room, a living room, a fireplace, and HVAC.  Every individual condo also comes fully furnished and ready to meet all of your needs!IMG_0635%20(800x421)_jpg

One great feature that has attracted a lot of people to the NorthShore condos over the years is the location.  The NorthShore buildings overlook Chautauqua Lake, which makes for beautiful views and entertainment.  They have two heated swimming pools which offers entertainment for the whole family.  There are also bus and tram stops at two NorthShore locations to make the center of Chautauqua Institution easily accessible.  Each condo also comes with a reserved parking space on the NorthShore grounds.

Not only are these premiere condos in a great location, but they are also beautifully designed and well taken care of.  Outside of the condos you will see fresh cut grass and beautiful gardens, complementing the idyllic paint colors with white trim and white porches.  The diligent maintenance work continues to this day and the NorthShore condos are looking better than ever!

IMG_1461The Northshore condos have made a number of new additions for this 2016 summer season.  The entire F building received a brand new cover of paint.  The A unit’s doors were also replaced with new and im proved doors. The lower pool is up and running, with the upper pool receiving a new liner in the coming week. These outstanding condos have been a hot spot in Chautauqua Institution for many years and will be for many years to come.

The NorthShore condos are also featured on the new state of theIMG_0628%20(800x533)_jpg art ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals website at www.myteamvp.com.  Here you can easily access information about the condos and book your stay with the click of a button.  The 2016 summer season at Chautauqua Institution is ready to begin, so why not book your stay at the one of our beautiful and historic NorthShore condos today.



Chautauqua Institution Summer 2016

The Chautauqua Institution 2016 summer season is right around the corner starting on Saturday, June 25! This summer is going to be very exciting and each week is covering really interesting themes.  There will be a lot to do and a lot of fun to be had, so don’t miss out on what is in store for you this summer in Chautauqua Institution!

Did you know that the historic Amphitheater, Miller Park, and the Athenaeum Hotel have been under construction and changes have been made? Although this can be a bit of a surprise to you, you shouldn’t worry because Chautauqua Institution is up and running and prepared to make this summer season the best it has had in years! Things are looking great and there are plenty of things that you will want to know about Chautauqua Institution this summer in order to fulfill your stay!



Do you know the list of themes for each week yet? All nine weeks have very unique themes for you to choose from and you will not be disappointed!  Week one’s theme is on Creative Expression by Roger Rosenblatt and Friends.  Week two is Money and Power, week three is Moral Leadership in action, week four is Our Search for Another Earth, week five is People and Environment, week six is The Future of Cities, week seven is Pushing Our Bodies’ Limits, week eight is War and its Warriors: Contemporary Voices, and week nine is America’s Music with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center.  See what week most interests you and make sure to contact ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals for a place to stay today!

Throughout the first week there are some fantastic events that you will want to know about!  Do you enjoy listening to music in the evenings as you walk the grounds? Not to worry because week one is full of different concerts for your enjoyment in order to kick off the season!  From the Chautauqua Choir to The Temptations and The Four Tops, this first week will not disappoint when it comes to music!  With the new and improved additions and changes to the Amphitheater, you will want to get down there and start off the summer right!

Are you a fan of the popular entertainment that Chautauqua Institution brings to the Amphitheater in the summer? Well get excited because there are some really well-known names coming to perform this season!  Some of them include The Avett Brothers, Colvin & Earle, and Straight No Chaser!  Along with these great concerts, there will also be twenty dollar nights at the Amphitheater throughout the summer, so keep your eyes peeled and take advantage of this great deal for awesome entertainment!

Want to know how ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals can help you this summer?  We have a lot of great information for you so you can make the best of your summer!  Did you know that we have an office right on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution?  That’s right!  Our office is conveniently located on 1 Morris, just TownMain_op_772x270steps away from Bestor Plaza!  Be sure to pay us a visit and we can help you with any of your rental needs!

Did you know that we have open houses in the Institution every Tuesday?  Well we hope you like wine and crackers because on Monday nights this summer we will be having open house preview nights for you to take a look at the schedule for the following day!  If you are looking for places to rent, you will not want to miss out on these nights full of information and fun!

Make sure you are prepared so that you can take advantage of the great things Chautauqua Institution has to offer for you this summer.  Remember the season is right around the corner!  Contact ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals and book your reservations because your summer vacation in Chautauqua Institution awaits!



Cuba Dairy Week

Are you looking for something fun to do with family and friends this week? Well head on down to Cuba, NY for Cuba Dairy Week! This whole week is filled with really cool events and there will be fun to be had by all.
The week kicked off on Sunday, June 1cuba 52th with the Flag Day Chicken BBQ at the Liberty Pole on West Main Street at 11AM. There was a lot of great BBQ food to go around! Full dinners were $9 and Half dinners were $6. All proceeds benefited the Genesee Park Veteran’s Living Memorial! The afternoon ended with the men’s horseshoe league tournament at the VFW at 1PM.
If you are a fan of reading then head on down to the Library on Monday, June 13th for the Friends of the Cuba Library Used Book Sale from 5-7PM! Once you found some books, you might as well head over to the Euchre Tournament at the Palmer Opera House! Registration price is $25 per team and all proceeds benefit the Cuba Volunteer Fire Department!
If you were planning to get a round of cuba 2golf in this week, why not play in the Cuba Fire Department’s Golf Tournament! The tournament registration starts at 10AM with an 11AM shotgun start on Tuesday, June 14th at the Alleghany Hills Golf Course in Rushford, NY. This is a scramble tournament so get your best foursome and come ready to play! The price is $60 dollars per player and $240 per team. All proceeds benefit the Cuba Fire Department. This includes 18 holes of golf, food, drinks, and a chance to win prizes! Also if you would like to make a donation, you can personally sponsor a hole for $100!
WPIG will be live on Wednesday, June 15th from 9:30AM-11:30AM at the center street plaza. Also if you like carnivals, make sure you go to firemen’s park from 6PM-10PM! This carnival is fun for all ages and the Bo James Band will be preforming live musicuba 7c as well! The carnival will have fun games and candy for the kids and beer and wine for the adults! Can’t make it to the carnival this day? Not a problem because it will continue all week!
Pack your bathing suits and umbrellas because this next event is going to be a splash! The Firefighter Water Fights will be on Thursday, June 16th at 6PM in Firemen’s Park. Each team is allowed a minimum of 4 and a macuba3ximum of 5 people. Free registration for this event starts at 5PM and each age group has a chance to win cash prizes! The carnival will continue on this night at 6PM with more live music from the Cuba-Rushford Pop Group and Jazz band as well as soloist Alex Leyva. Get down to Firemen’s Park because it will be the place to be!
If you like volleyball, prepare to get messy because Friday, June 17th kicks off the Mud Volleyball Competition at Fircuba 4emen’s Park! Each team has to have a minimum of 6 players with at least 2 females per team. Cost is $5 per player and you must be at least 14 to play. There will be cash prizes for the top teams, so start practicing your skills and get ready for this competitive and fun tournament! If volleyball isn’t your thing or you don’t feel like playing in the mud, the Carnival and more live music will be taking place all night as well!
The last day of the Cuba Dairy Week is jam packed full ocuba 8f fun events, so see what you like the best and prepare for t  his amazing grand finale! This great day consists of the Liberty Pole Walk/Run, the Orange Crate Derby, a Craft Vendor/Petting Zoo, a 3on3 basketball tournament, the Classic Car Show, a Chicken BBQ, a Bicycle Decorating Station, a Parade and so much more! There will be more live music and a fireworks show presented at Firemen’s Park to send off this amazing week with a bang!
The fun has no limit this week and you will not want to miss out on anything! So head on down to Cuba, NY for the Cuba Dairy Week and enjoy all that this unique event has to offer!
ERA Team VP Real Estate  |  24 Main Street, Cuba, NY  |  Office: 585-968-2113

NJCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championship

The annual National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III Men’s Golf National Championships are set to take place at the Chautauqua Golf Club from June 6-10.  Jamestown Community College has been holding this tournament through the Chautauqua Golf Club since the year 1999, and this year is going to be another really exciting tournament!

Chautauqua Golf Course PicThis special event is a 72-hole tournament fun for people of all ages to go and watch outstanding young talent at a beautiful golf course! There is free admission to the tournament, so if you are a golf fan or just want the chance to explore the amazing atmosphere this tournament brings to the Chautauqua Golf Club, make sure you make it down for some high quality competition and fun!

“Each year we host close to 50 colleges, 100 qualifiers, 100 college coaches and hundreds of family members, college dignitaries and friends” said former NJCAA Division III Men’s Golf National Championships Director Greg Fish. “Also in our 17th year, we are now the fourth longest continuing championship site in the entire NJCAA, behind Division 1 Basketball in Hutchinson, Kansas, Division 1 Baseball in Grand Junction, Colorado and Division 2 Basketball in Danville, Illinois.”

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals has been a proud helping hand in this tournament for many years.  Our company has hosted the golfers in company owned condos since 2003, and we are looking forGolf Pic 2ward for their arrival on Saturday, June 4th! Every 3 years the NJCAA has the choice to move the location of the tournament, but they have kept coming back to Chautauqua for 17 years straight because the area has done such a great job with the tournament.

The economic impact of this tournament for the Chautauqua area is close to $500,000 annually. At the end of this year’s tournament, JCC and Chautauqua Golf Club will be putting in a bid in hopes to renew another 3-year contract for this outstanding tournament, and we can only hope that it stays in the area.

Our Website has Launched!

rocket-312767_640We’ve just made it easier to plan the perfect getaway with the launch of our brand new state-of-the-art website! Guests can browse through some of the most exclusive rental properties in Chautauqua Institution, around Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie, and in Ellicottville, NY.

Delivering a seamless user experience, visitors to the site can browse the collection of properties at www.myteamvp.com through customized searches based on region and amenities. Users can further target their search based on the number of guests, rooms, and price to find the ideal home to meet their needs – whether it be a luxury residence in Chautauqua Institution, a lake property in Bemus Point, NY, or a chalet nestled in ski country in Ellicottville, NY.

This newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential real estate and rental information as well as a more comprehensive understanding of ERA Team VP.

“We are excited about our new website launch and the robust information and ease-of-use it provides for all our customers to find their perfect home, whether renting, selling, or buying their home,” said Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Corporate Marketing and Vacation Rentals at ERA Team VP. “We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our market presence.”

ERA Team VP is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and innovative technology to their owners, renters, clients, and customers. Their new website will be updated on a regular basis with special offers on rental accommodations, local event information, company activities and corporate milestones. Visitors are encouraged to explore the new website at www.myteamvp.com.

2016 Listing Olympics

2016 Listing Olympics

ERA Team VP Real Estate’s annual listing competition was kicked off on May 16, 2016 and runs until July 16. Each year the event is held to foster some friendly inter-office competition and boost the listing inventory before heading into the summer season. This year we are doing something a little bit different, so light the torches and queue the music… the competition is OLYMPICS themed!!

In a similar style to the Olympic Games, the 2016 “Listing Olympics” features the Agents competing both individually and as a team. Drawing into ERA Corporate’s global reach, each of our eight main office locations will be choosing from a list of countries that ERA has offices in globally!

The office representatives are the following:

·         Bradford, PA  –  Jamaica
·         Chautauqua, NY  –  Sweden
·         Cuba, NY –  Cayman Island
·         Ellicottville, NY –  Turkey
·         Fredonia, NY  –  Germany
·         Olean, NY  –  Turks & Caicos
·         Warren, PA  –  Netherlands
·         Yorkshire, NY  –  Costa Rica


Agents can earn points within five different categories including:

  1. Listing
  2. Prospecting
  3. Training
  4. Marketing
  5. ZAP

Each of these categories is structured to either aid the Agents in gaining more listings, enhancing their current listings, or simply improving their current marketing skills. They can earn a certain number of points in each category by doing things like attending weekly sales meetings, posting to their social media accounts, utilizing TextERA riders, participating in trainings/webinars, and more!

Each individual Agent as well as the office teams will be competing for the Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals that will be awarded at the Closing Awards Ceremony (date TBA). The top overall point earners will be taking home the grand prize which will be announced at a later date. Previous year’s grand prizes included an apple watch, Microsoft Surface, professional camera equipment, vacation certificates, etc. There will also be a prize auction where additional prizes will be raffled off to individuals.  It’s a Chinese style auction, so the more points the agents earn, the better chance they have of winning a prize!

As agents are competing for the Gold individually, prizes will also be awarded to the office team with the greatest percentage increase in listings over the same time period in 2015. Individuals can help to boost their office’s chance of winning the Gold by getting more listings!

This annual competition has been great way to encourage teamwork and comradery within ERA Team VP and is a blast for everyone involved! See you all at the awards ceremonies and may the best country win!

Good Luck Agents!

Ellicottville’s Largest Disco Party

Team Pritchard got in the 70’s spirit for 2016 Ellicottville’s Largest Disco Party!

ERA Team VP was a proud sponsor of Ellicottville’s Largest Disco Party hosted at Villaggio on Saturday, May 21st.  This was a fun-filled night full of creative costumes and dancing! People broke out their wigs and best digs, which made this night a night to remember in Ellicottville!

The whole downstairs area was dedicated to the dance floor where we all put our best dance moves on display! Upstairs was the lounge and food section for people to chat and enjoy some refreshments in order to fuel up for more dancing! This awesome event also had a red carpet costume competition! Everyone was dressed up for the occasion, which led to a lot of laughs and good times throughout the night!

Tickets were only 25 dollars each and they included 2 drink tickets as well as a raffle ticket for a chance to win some really cool prizes! With some really good food and drink choices, Villaggio knocked this event out of the park.  Everyone got creative and let their costumes and dance moves shine!

“ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals was honored to support and sponsor such a fantastic event!” said Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Corporate Marketing and Vacation Rentals at ERA Team VP. “Thanks to Villaggio for bringing all of us together for some funkadelic fun and for an awesome fashion parade on the red carpet!”

Everyone here at ERA Team VP had a blast and we are looking forward to next year’s event!

Memorial Day at Bemus Point

Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua - Bemus
Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua – Bemus Point

Bemus Point, NY has a lot to offer when it comes to summer activities and attractions.  This year’s Memorial Day Weekend will offer a plethora of different opportunities for people to experience new and old attractions and events.

One new place in particular that hopes to start the summer off with a bang is Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua which opened on Thursday, May 19th right in downtown Bemus.  This attraction will be the perfect place for people to hang out by the lake for some food and an ice cold draft beer!  This version of EBC will feature a more limited food menu than the Ellicottville, NY location with some of the same cuisine, but they will have new food choices as well.  They will also feature their specialty beers as well as three guest taps consisting of two Southern Tier Brewing Co. beers and one from Ithaca Beer Co.

Kathleen Mowery, Ellicottville Brewing Company’s Catering Coordinator, said, “The space is very open and accommodating of larger groups. It has a more open feel then the Ellicottville location. You will find two sets of garage doors that will open to the outdoor seating area making it a great indoor/outdoor space that feels like you’re outside on the water.”

The annual Bemus Point Memorial Day parade is also set to take place on Monday, May 30th at 10AM.  This parade has been a Bemus tradition for many years and it is a great event for all ages. After the parade feel free to swing by ERA Team VP’s Bemus Point office, just walking distance from all of the attractions!

Although the parade will end, the festivities will not! Stop by the See-Zurh House porch for a cold beverage, or Marshes Market for an ice cream cone. Also, if you are hoping to grab a quick coffee, or sit down for some breakfast, head down to Wired on Main or the Bemus Point Inn, which are right in the center of Bemus!

ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is also happy to announce that we will once again be sponsoring this year’s Bemus Bay Pops Summer Concert Series and the Chautauqua Lake “The Choice” Vocal Competition.  Our agents and staff will be down there all summer, so make sure you stop by and enjoy some good quality fun on the lake!

Whether it is Memorial Day weekend or a summer weekend in general, Bemus Point is a great spot for friends and family to enjoy the sunshine and the amazing views of Lake Chautauqua! Bemus has attractions for everyone so make sure you make plans to head on down and experience Bemus Point to its fullest potential.

Looking to Explore Outside the Gates by Foot? Check out these 3 unique shops within walking distance of Chautauqua Institution!

Although Chautauqua Institution provides numerous opportunities to shop inside the gates, don’t forget about the ‘hidden gems’ within a mile or less of the Chautauqua grounds! We’ve chosen three “Must-Visit” shops for your stay this summer:


196894_10150121864942840_2357299_nChautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe

5031 West Lake Rd, Mayville

1 mile from Chautauqua Institution

Owned and operated by Sandra Duffee and Heather Johnson, this gallery and boutique shop specializes in “extraordinary” home décor, boutique clothing and jewelry, candle, cards, family games, antiques and so much more!

“They have the largest inventory of miniatures on the East Coast along with unique jewelry, clothing and gifts that you can’t find anywhere else!” says ERA Team VP Reservationist, Amelia Duffee, “They offer antiques, toys, miniatures, jewelry, knick knacks, dollhouses, clothes, scarves, just to name a few things. You can find the perfect gift for any occasion, under one roof!”

During the summer, make sure to sign up for one of their Miniature Classes, where they will assist you in making your very own miniature to take home and put in your dollhouse. Whether stopping by just to browse the gallery, pick up something special for your home, or a unique gift for a friend, Chautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe is truly a one stop shop!

For more information on Chautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe call 716-753-3100 or follow them on Facebook.



Timeless Treasures

4475 West Lake Rd, Mayville

Less than 1 mile from Chautauqua Institution

Timeless Treasures is a specialty boutique shop that sells unique and colorful home and fashion accessories. The owner, Laura Miele, specifically stocks the shop with merchandise that is either Fair Trade, Made in the USA, eco-friendly, or made by local artists.

“I actually live near Timeless Treasures and hadn’t been there until my sisters were visiting last year, and I’m so glad we decided to check it out! What a great place with so many unique gifts!” says ERA Team VP Sales Team Member, Anne Walters, “Since then I’ve stopped numerous times for various gifts and even Christmas presents. I would recommend that anyone who visits this area should stop in. I love visiting Timeless Treasures and I don’t even like to shop!”

New items are added to the store monthly and seasonally, so there is always a reason to stop in! “I take great care to make sure that Timeless Treasures’ merchandise is unique and not sold at other local shops,” said Miele. “Our shop is a great place to find a gift for yourself or someone else.”

For more information on Timeless Treasures call (716) 789-2073 or follow them on Facebook.


The Art Loft

4994 West Lake Road, Mayville

¼ mile from Chautauqua Institution

Visit this one-of-a-kind, seasonal art gallery and gift shop owned and operated by independent artist, Bonnie Beyer. Even if you have visited The Art Loft before, it is worth the trip back, as the gallery is an ever-changing, malleable space that represents over 100 artists.

“My neighbor is a photographer, and The Art Loft had an exhibit where they displayed his photography as well as other local artist’s photos. They have a really great way of displaying the art, capturing each piece’s unique traits,” says ERA Team VP Associate Broker, Jane Grice, “It was fun to see all of the different forms of art on display, including pottery, paintings, and tapestries.”

The Art Loft is a must see-for all art lovers!

For more information on The Art Loft call (716) 753-5638 of follow them on Facebook.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Chautauqua Institution? Give one of our reservationists a call to find your perfect accommodations on or off the grounds! (716) 413-0201.

Or make the Institution your home! Visit our 1 Morris office to speak with a seasoned real estate agent or call (716) 413-0200.

Whether you are buying, selling or planning for a well-deserved vacation at Chautauqua, our Team is here to help you through the whole process!


Interested in becoming a Realtor Ⓡ with ERA Team VP Real Estate?

Realtor Ⓡ Whether you are looking to start a career in Real Estate or are an experienced Realtor ® who would like to grow your business, ERA Team VP provides the support, training, and resources that you need to succeed in today’s Real Estate market.


We are proud to be a family owned business, backed by the internationally recognized brand ERA®. Our full-time support staff is here to facilitate your transactions, including: overseeing licensing requirements, listing information, relocation inquires, closing activities, escrow accounts, account billing, etc. We work diligently to assist you in your non-sales related and time-consuming tasks, freeing you up to focus on making sales. Our in-house marketing department is pleased to offer a wide-range of marketing services and will aid in any ideas you may have on how to showcase your listings, prospect a new area, showcase your abilities, and more!


We’ve reinvented our training program to better fit today’s marketplace, offering an extraordinary group of managers and support staff to help you launch your new career, or enhance your current one! Our extensive training program covers topics ranging from Real Estate fundamentals to advanced techniques for the experienced agent, and can be customized to your needs. Our New Agent Mentoring Program matches inexperienced agents with a seasoned agent who is available to help guide you through the beginning of your career and will oversee your first few transactions. We pride ourselves in the knowledge and expertise of our agents, and we are constantly offering tools, resources, and training to ensure that our team is well-versed in the latest Real Estate topics and technologies.


The following tools and services facilitate transaction management, customer relationship management, and your marketing efforts:

  • Customizable agent websites that collect and track lead information through a state-of-the-art software, ZAP, that lets you know when your customer is ready to make a purchase.
  • ZAP Customer Relationship Management system. You can manage your leads, send email campaigns, and keep track of customers all in one place!
  • DotLoop to manage all of your documents. Obtain signatures anywhere with this time and energy saving “paperless” online system.
  • ERA® brand Toolkit CMA and Marketing 4.0. These valuable resources provide you with the tools and materials to distinguish yourself in an easy-to-create, professional way.
  • AHS Home Warranty: Individualized plans are available for both buyers and sellers to insure that your clients purchase or list their home with confidence.
  • Listing distributing to hundreds of websites including ERA.com, Trulia.com, Zillow.com, Realtor.com, ERATeamVP.com, your own agent website, and more! Virtual tours are posted to YouTube.com for each and every listing.

The resources provided by ERA Team VP Real Estate are backed by the training, tools, and services of ERA®. You’ll have access to Teamera.com, ERA Learning Exchange, and ERA International Business Conferences. ERA® is a member of the Realogy Family.

For more information or to set up a confidential consultation email sales@teamvp.com or call (716) 413-0200.